Employment and skills

Please check the events calendar for local jobs fairs, recruitment days and training opportunities.

Learning and skills

Learning and skills is important to everyone. Whether you are continuing your education, working to re-train, get on in your career or just want to learn a new skill, there is something available to meet your needs. 

Harlow has a range of services that provide a host of learning opportunities that are available to anyone who lives or works in the town listed below. Harlow Council is not responsible for the content of external websites


Adult Community Learning (ACL)
ACL offers courses for Essex residents such as; pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships, free English, maths and functional skills, GCSEs (English, maths and science), study programmes (16-18) years, professional qualifications, family learning programmes and learning disability provision. Join the mailing list to find out what is on offer.

Digital Business Academy
Learn all the skills you need to start, run, or join a digital business. Digital Business Academy has been created by Tech City UK in partnership with leading educational institutions, businesses and organisations, to give you the business skills you need to succeed in a digital world.

Future Learn
A diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

Harlow Strategic Educational Attainment Partnership
Harlow Strategic Educational Attainment Partnership (HSEAP) is seeking to recruit new Governors for schools and academies. Individuals from private sector companies and non-educational public sector organisations could make a significant contribution to Governing Bodies and help improve and strengthen our schools.

Harlow College
Harlow College offers a multi-million pound campus and some truly inspirational buildings have cutting edge facilities. It achieves very high pass rates, offering the widest range of school leaver courses in the area. They have excellent links with employers - giving you access to live work placements to help improve your career prospects. Their higher education students learn in the fantastic University Centre Harlow building, Anglia Ruskin University validates their Foundation and Honours Degrees.

Learn My Way
Free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

National Careers Service
This service provides profiles on over 800 different types of job, from archaeologist to zoologist. Each one explains the skills and qualifications needed to get into that job; what the work would be like, the pay you could expect and what the career prospects are. Explore the job profiles to find out what a job involves and if it will suit you.

The Sir Charles Kao University Technical College
Sir Charles Kao University Technical College (SCK UTC) is a brand new, multi-million pound centre of learning for 14 to 19 year olds. It gives students the opportunity to combine academic and technical learning and explore the application of Science, Engineering and Computing in two specialist areas - Medical Technology and Smart Environments.

Stansted Airport College
Providing courses in aviation and business services, engineering and aircraft maintenance and hospitality, retail and events management. 

Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy
Stansted Employment and Skills Academy, based next-door to the terminal building is managed by Urban Futures. It aims to continue the best practices derived from the London Stansted Employment Partnership (LSEP) but also to provide a service to any individual looking for employment at the airport, regardless of where they live, and a tailored service to meet the needs of airport employers. Urban Futures work closely with the other key stakeholders to ensure there is a joined-up approach to identifying individuals and matching them to training and employment opportunities at Stansted Airport.

Ultimate Careers Guide – From CV tips to running your own business

Whether you’re thinking about your first long-term job, you’re ready to change career path or even looking to get back into work after a career break this guide can help you. Focused on Essex, this guide includes industry expert advice on writing your CV, advice on finding and applying for a job and information on the key skills employers are looking for. You can download a copy of the guide here: The Ultimate Guide to Getting a New Job in Essex

University Centre Harlow
The 3-storey, 2400 square metre University Centre houses state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, journalism centre, 96 seat lecture theatre, video conferencing facilities and computer suites. Its goal is to develop the skills base of local people and increase growth and opportunities for businesses in Harlow and surrounds.

U3A - The University of the Third Age
The U3A is a self-help learning organisation for the active retired. It is made up of independent groups run by their members. Members are normally retired or semi-retired from paid employment and wish to use their skills and experience to pass on to others, or try some new hobbies for themselves. Everyone who is on the committee, runs one of the groups or helps at monthly meetings are volunteers. Getting involved is a great way to make new friends and to know what is happening within the group.

Workers Educational Association
The UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland and a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. Delivering friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life. You do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join most of the courses, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience. They also have a special mission to raise aspirations and develop educational opportunities for the most disadvantaged. This includes providing basic maths, English and IT skills for employment; courses to improve health and wellbeing; creative programmes to broaden horizons and community engagement activities that encourage active citizenship.

Apprenticeships logo


An apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go.


The National Careers Service provides access to independent, confidential, impartial, professional advice on careers, skills and the labour market by qualified careers advisers. It is a free service to everyone aged 13 and over and is available online and through advisors on the telephone on 0800 100 900. They offer a variety of services including:

  • developing your CV
  • searching and apply for jobs
  • understanding the jobs market
  • searching for courses and training schemes
  • finding funding to support any learning
  • identifying your key strengths and skills
  • developing an action plan to help you achieve your goals.


If you’re looking for work or future employees, the following websites maybe be able to help you. Harlow Council is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Redundancy and unemployment

The Harlow Rapid Response Group (RRG) is a partnership led by Harlow Council, and includes Harlow College, Jobcentre Plus and Adult Community Learning. The group was set up to provide a co-ordinated support service to Harlow companies and workers facing a redundancy situation and has assisted many companies and their workforces over the last four years. Help we can provide includes free copies of the Redundancy Support Guide, advice and support with managing job losses, helping workers move into alternative employment and/or training, and help in accessing funds for training.

The Redundancy Support Guide (pdf) is intended to help people and companies in Harlow find the various organisations and agencies that can provide advice, support and guidance when faced with a redundancy situation. If you would like a hard copy of the guide or would like to know more about the RRG or the support the RRG may be able to offer, please contact the Regeneration Team on 01279 446445, or email julie.houston@harlow.gov.uk.

We understand that being made redundant is an extremely stressful and worrying time.